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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Immigrant Life 1900-1940

Students will learn about immigrant life in connection with our 3rd grade study of Boston and immigration. This gallery will be used in conjunction with a Smartboard notebook on immigrant life in the early to mid 1900s in the USA.

• students will look at photographs to understand the life of immigrants in the early to mid 1900s in the USA
• students will examine Lewis Hine's photographs to explore how photographs tell a story
• students will use a digital camera to capture a scene that shows life in Wellesley/Boston in the early 2000s

This gallery will be a follow-up lesson to a multi-lesson Smartboard notebook on immigrant life in the early 1900s in Boston.

1) Before using this gallery, students will have been exposed to text and pictures illustrating immigrant life in Boston in the early 1900s. Students will have had numerous group and class discussions about immigrant life. Students will also have learned about Sara Galner and the Saturday Evening Girls.
2) Using this gallery: students will walk through the gallery using VTS with the classroom teacher. There will also be an opportunity for students to use this gallery on their own. For that reason, questions have been listed below some photographs. Also, each photograph has information about it listed if you scroll far down on the scrollbar. This is more background information for the teacher rather than for the children.
3) After viewing many/all of the photographs, the teacher will lead a class discussion about what new information the children have learned about an immigrant's life in the 1900s in the USA. They will compare this information to what they have previously learned through the Smartboard notebook.
4) Students will capture their own image of life in Boston/Wellesley in the 2000s using a digital camera. These images will then be uploaded into a iPhoto slideshow for all the students to view.
5) The teacher will use VTS to discuss some of the photographs.

Evaluation: Students will be able to discuss what it was like to be an immigrant in the USA in the early to mid 1900s. Students will be able to compare immigrant life in Boston in the 1900s to life in the USA. Students will capture an image using a digital camera that tells a story.

Created By

Jayne Byrne